By Michelle Jillian Bailey
The welcoming aroma of coffee. The clink of dishes and whoosh of the foamer. A tiny woman behind the counter. She owns a huge smile and an even bigger heart. This mighty woman is Jira, proud new owner of Barista Brew Café.
Jira speaks humbly when talking about her past accomplishments, but her eyes absolutely sparkle when she talks about upcoming plans with the coffee shop. “You know cupcakes are my specialty.” The joy is palpable. “I am looking forward to adding in more of my bakery items.” There are no big changes in the works, just small ideas to bring more comforts of home to this small café.
Like many of us, Jira spent her younger years raising her babies. Those babies are now grown. Her beautiful daughter, just like Davis’ beloved Natalie Corona, is a CSO with Vacaville PD. And her son, following in his father’s footsteps, is proudly serving in the US Army. Jira’s heart swells with pride and joy for her kids, and the work of all first responders. Anyone in uniform will enjoy discounts when having coffee, breakfast or lunch in her welcoming restaurant.
Barista Brew Café is centrally located in downtown Davis on the corner of 5th & G St. Unlike other downtown location street parking is easy to find and there is the free parking garage just a block away. The sales only benefit Jira, her staff and the City of Davis. As a local proprietor there are no franchise fees or big city CEOs advancing from her sale. Instead, she has created plenty of room to design a unique drink you will enjoy. And, in the future she plans to rent the space out in the evening for events, meetings or parties.
When you have some free time, or need your caffeine fix, be sure to stop by Barista Brew Cafe. Return Jira’s infectious smile, and enjoy a tasty treat. Personally, I recommend the Mayan Chai Latte and the breakfast burrito. Come, try them for yourself, and support this local business!